Orff: Carmina Burana

Orff: Carmina Burana

by Donald Runnicles
     
 
With lusty choruses and colorful orchestration, Carmina Burana is an audiophile's dream. No wonder so many record companies turn to Carl Orff's cantata when they want to show off their engineering prowess. This Telarc version has clarity, spaciousness, and a punch that will put your sound system to the test. But it's not just sonic sensationalism; the

Overview

With lusty choruses and colorful orchestration, Carmina Burana is an audiophile's dream. No wonder so many record companies turn to Carl Orff's cantata when they want to show off their engineering prowess. This Telarc version has clarity, spaciousness, and a punch that will put your sound system to the test. But it's not just sonic sensationalism; the performance is terrific, too. The late Robert Shaw turned the Atlanta Symphony Chorus into one of the best vocal ensembles in the country, and if this recording is any indication, it is still in tip-top shape. Donald Runnicles (who became the Atlanta Symphony's principal guest conductor in 2001), brings his long experience in the world's greatest opera houses to fashion a vividly dramatic interpretation whose dancing rhythms, powerful accents, and graceful lyricism make this familiar score seem remarkably fresh. As for the soloists, tenor Stanford Olsen is outstanding in the macabre "Olim lacus colueram" section, and soprano Hei-Kyung Hong manages the stratospheric "Dulcissime" with virtually no sign of strain. Baritone Earle Patriarco has a robust, well-focused voice that is nicely suited to this earthy music, though admittedly he is not quite as memorable as Thomas Allen in André Previn's classic version (EMI). Still, Fortune must have been smiling when this recording was made. It's a winner on all counts.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2002
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408057526
catalogNumber:
80575
Rank:
107373

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  1. Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra  - Carl Orff  -  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus  -  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Hei-Kyung Hong  - Nick Jones  - Norman MacKenzie  - René Milot  - Donald Runnicles  - Stanford Olsen  - Earle Patriarco

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